This past week, while visiting the Orlando area, I had the opportunity to visit the Ritz-Carlton Spa
. What was very special about the experience was having the chance to bring somebody with me, my husband, David. What I found is men enjoy the experience of a spa just as much, if not more than woman do.
The Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes is a tri-level haven, located on the expansive acreage of the Grande Lakes property in Orlando, Florida. The perfect retreat for both men and women alike, the property houses both the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott. It was clear to me that the Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando Grande Lakes is everything you could ask for in a spa.
The first floor of the stand alone spa campus houses a fitness room, with a thorough selection of nautilus and cardiovascular equipment, in addition to weights, to keep your body in tip-top shape. Spa guests will also find the Spa Vitale Café, offering up a menu of everything from smoothies, fresh fruit juices, salads, wraps, and even a sirloin burger to choose from.
On the second floor, there are separate facilities that cater to men and women, privately and exclusively. Men can enjoy a big screen TV while they wait for their service. Women get ready in their own secluded area as well. Then on the third floor, there are treatment rooms and a scrub bar where spa guests can customize their own personalized exfoliating process. Plus there is a large co-ed lounge where men and women can join together to relax before or after their treatment.
Treatment: We both experienced the East Indian Lime Scalp and Body Treatment. It’s a signature treatment for the spa, where you get an exotic, full body massage that uses a unique blend of avocado, macadamia, and hazelnut oils blended with wild lime blossom, ginger, and sandalwood. The oil is warmed, and for around 20 minutes, it’s applied to the scalp and hairline. Moving down to the neck, shoulders, arms and legs, the same oil is thoroughly massaged into the body. Hot packs and use of warmed towels enhance the blissful experience.
His Experience: David said “Cindy, the Massage Therapist was unbelievably informative and helpful.” He had expressed to the therapist his lower back issues and appreciated her insight and wealth of knowledge. The scalp massage focused on every part of
the scalp and according to him, “no part of his scalp was left untouched, even down to specific pressure points down the neck located by the ears.” He said “the oils she used for the scalp treatment and massage was relaxing and featured the enjoyable scents of ginger and lime.” In conclusion, he states “This massage was very precise. Cindy took a lot of time in certain areas that needed more attention. Not only was this one of the most relaxing massages but she absolutely used the perfect amount of pressure to heal my areas of pain.”
Her Experience: I especially enjoyed the warm oil being poured along my hairline and being worked into my long hair and scalp. The treatment at 80 minutes really allowed me to thoroughly relax and recharge my tired, achy muscles during the body massage. Massage Therapist Michelle, took her time to work on all my body parts, including the backs of my arms. She varied pressures throughout the massage based on the body parts and my concern areas. She paid special consideration to my feet and neck area based upon my initial consultation at the beginning of the session, which was appreciated. The finale of the treatment was a hot towel to the back and feet along with an application of yoga balm to release muscle tension. This spa visit was completely therapeutic for me. My body was full of aches and pains from walking miles the day before and after the massage I felt like that tension has gently been released from my muscles. And as an added bonus, the oil left my hair looking glossy and rich as it acted as a deep conditioning treatment.
A visit to the co-ed lounge’s cozy sofa after the treatment for a cuddle was delightful after our 80 minutes of bliss. It was great to meet up to discuss how much we enjoyed our separate experiences. Our massages had worked up our appetites so we met in the café for a healthy bite to eat. David enjoyed a roasted eggplant and Portobello mushroom sandwich while I had the Grilled Chicken
Salad wrap. As usual the service was impeccable. Then off for a dip in the infinity edge pool, which was a serene escape from the craziness of the theme parks visited earlier in the week.
The spa pool, made for a heavenly place to enjoy the sun and has a stunning view of vast green vistas and lakes in the distance. Sun drenched and thirsty, we sipped fresh smoothies and were ready for even more recharge. We decided to spend some down time in the sauna and steam room of our respective private locker rooms next, before rinsing off, getting dressed, and heading out.
We wished our spa day did not have to come to an end and look forward to future visits to the irresistible Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando. The view, the service, and the décor, was nothing less than heavenly from both a man and a woman’s point of view. Visit their website to learn more.